NEWS– The Vice President Major Jessica Alupo Epel on Thursday afternoon presided over closing ceremony of the National Science Week where she represented President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
While speaking at the function, the Vice President noted that she was happy that President Museveni’s vision of prioritising the teaching of sciences is coming to fruition.
The 2022 National Science Week kicked off at Kololo Airstrip from 7th and ended on Thursday November 10th 2022 with a series of events including a public exhibition showcasing Ugandan innovations, an Investor Summit to drive investment into Ugandan science technology.
The National Science Week also included innovation ventures, and various topical panel discussions bringing together various players within the science, technology and innovation value chain.
The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Monica Musenero, told the Vice President that the event was organised under the theme, “Uganda in 2040; The Future We Want Through Science Technology and Innovation”.
Minister Musenero said that science and technology hold the key to the present and future development of Uganda and the government is aware that to escape from poverty, investment in science and technology education is the key.
The annual event brought together various players within the value chain to chart a way forward for Uganda’s science, technology and innovation with over 200 exhibitors in Science, Technology and Innovation – specifically in the fields of Pathogen Economy, Aeronautics and Space Science.
During the week, the exhibitors showcased innovations such as vaccine development, robotics, agricultural value addition and food products, pesticides, the future of green mobility through automotive innovation, vehicle manufacturing, among others.
Dr Musenero also explained that this year’s theme is tied to the future envisioned for Uganda as we all need to acknowledge the need for innovation to drive national and economic development.
She added that technological advancement drives economic growth and global competitiveness with at least 50% of global economic development being attributed to innovations and investment in science, technology and innovation.
To address the challenge of funding for early-stage science, technology and innovation ventures, the National Science Week will in the near future host a Science, Technology and Innovation Investor Summit with attendance from key financial players including venture capitalists and commercial banks is expected.
The Minister noted that government is proactively paving the way for science, technology and innovation start- ups to secure the funding they require for viable projects and through they will act as a bridge to provide a platform for innovators to pitch their ideas to potential investors and secure the support they need.